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Warning after spate of arsons at Pelaw landfill site

05 Apr 2017 09:00 AM

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Police have joined forces with the Fire Service to issue a stark warning after a spate of arson attacks in Gateshead.

Officers at the local neighbourhood policing team in the east of the town have stepped up patrols after a series of arson attacks at a landfill site in Wardley.

In total seven methane gas wells on the site have been damaged beyond repair which is causing significant disruption to ongoing work at the site.

The incidents have taken place within the last few weeks and police have launched an investigation to identify those responsible.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is also supporting the investigation and now both organisations have issued a warning to those involved.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Cook said: "Not only are people committing a criminal offence but they are putting their lives at risk.

"These are live gas wells and it is completely irresponsible for any members of the public to mess about with them, let alone to quite literally play with fire.

"We will be stepping up patrols around the site and be taking action against anyone we identify as being involved in this vandalism.

"If you see anyone loitering in the area of the site then please contact police and we will take appropriate action."

District Manager Dave Escott, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "People should stay well away from landfill sites.

"They are dangerous places at the best of times, but deliberately setting fire to methane gas wells could lead to grave consequences."

Anyone who sees anyone suspicious at the site, or has any information that may help police, then contact the Gateshead East Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111